Louise Coyle, Director NIRWN was a guest speaker at ‘The B word: What next for Rights and Equality?’ webinar. The webinar was the fourth in a NIWEP (NI Women’s European Platform) webinar series: A feminist future – leaving no one behind.
The webinar series looks at what a feminist future would look like and how it could be achieved, in the current context including response to COVID-19, Brexit and global issues including climate justice. The series shares learning and perspectives from across the UK and Ireland and beyond, but with a focus on informing and supporting a Northern Ireland response. The crisis has shown new responses are possible, and our voices are more important than ever.
The B word: What next for rights and equality?
Brexit has happened, but the future arrangements are far from clear. This looked at the current position from the perspective of women and gender equality, and aims to focus on how rights and gender equality can be safeguarded, and if possible strengthened, in the future context. Speakers included Dr Rachel Minto from Cardiff University, Louise Coyle from NI Rural Women’s Network and Tara Farrell from Longford Women’s Link. Speakers at the webinar emphasised that post Brexit arrangements are likely to have impacts for women, from very concrete impacts in daily life for women in border regions to access to comparative data to underpin policy making. It was also stressed that women’s voices have not been heard, and that both supporting and upskilling women to get involved in public life and advocating for women’s voices needs to be a key area of focus for the future. The overall message was that it is possible to safeguard gender equality and human rights, but it will require focused and shared action over the long term.
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